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Meeting Scheduled To Address Crime In Old Town Temecula

The public is invited to attend the meeting scheduled Jan. 25 at Temecula City Hall, 41000 Main St.

Investigators on scene in Old Town Temecula. Patch file photo/Peter Surowski
Investigators on scene in Old Town Temecula. Patch file photo/Peter Surowski
Concerns about crime have prompted a group of Old Town Temecula merchants to reach out to officials, and now a public meeting has been set to address the unease.

Officers from the Temecula Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Team and city officials are expected to be on hand for the Jan. 25 meeting that has been scheduled for 8 a.m. at Temecula City Hall, 41000 Main St. Dozens of merchants are expected to attend and the community is invited.

According to a letter submitted to the city and the police department, the merchants say they are concerned about what they feel is an increase in break-ins, property loss, and also the loss of life in Old Town. They are also concerned about transients in the area.

During the upcoming meeting, the merchants are hoping officials will explain "what steps will be taken to eliminate this unhealthy environment before more robberies and violence occur," according to the Oct. 28 letter.

After hearing that a meeting had been set, on Jan. 18 Temecula City Councilman Ron Roberts advised City Manager Aaron Adams, in writing, of his support for the merchants.

"I fully support getting our PD, especially our POP team involved in helping the merchants along Old Town Front street, south of Santiago, with their crime issues. I am still concerned we never solved the murder of the music shop employee up to now.

"There is a lot of foot traffic after dark from homeless who live in the river bed that probably could use stronger Code enforcement and other enforcement," Roberts wrote.

"Bottom line, I fully support our City's efforts to help our merchants feel safer in that area of our City," he continued.

For more information about the meeting, contact Barry Mayer at 951-676-0567.
ChrisG January 20, 2014 at 06:38 PM
If the crime is related to the homeless as the article suggests then I would think this would be a pretty simple fix. My wife and I are rarely in old town in the evenings. Are these after hour crimes or after sunset?
PirateGirl January 20, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Thank you Ron Roberts for mentioning the fact about Larry Robinson..." I am still concerned we never solved the murder of the music shop employee up to now." With all modern technology, resources, and knowledge.....why oh why can they not find whoever killed Larry? Larry was the most kind and wonderful guy, and it breaks our hearts knowing the monsters who killed him are still 'at large'. They need to be found and pay for what they did.
TemeKoala January 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM
@Temecula This is what happens when everyone is tweeting, on Facebook, or playing fantasy football. When you fall asleep the wolves take the wheel and are happy to steer your country. The media outlets convince you all that taxes are evil, so we don't have any cops or teachers left to protect your children and ensure their safety coming up in this world. When you watch American Idol rather than raising your kids and being interested in worldly issues, your community becomes infiltrated with bottom feeders. No cops, more guns, more booze, more violence on the radio and tv and in your mind. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.
southernbelle January 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM
I agree about hiring private security AT NIGHT for the clubs like Stampede and Bailey's. They've already had crime recently (even though it could've been avoided with common sense). I think "armed" Security personnel would keep things in better control during club hours. @PirateGirl--I agree, shocking there isn't surveillance camera's or something! tragic loss.
TVOR January 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM
The root of these problems is population density. The city council has consistently allowed high density development while the infrastructure has not kept up. Blame them.

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